The mindprint model of archetype in culture, update 2019

Five layers of subconscious perception and expression are visible in artworks and built sites. The layers are: (a) Type characters with specific optional features; (b) type sequence, clockwise or anti-clockwise; (c) axial grid between eyes or focal points of opposite pairs of types; (d) three pairs of polar junctures, implying three planes of expression; (e) orientation of polar pairs vertical or horizontal to the ground-line or a cardinal direction, co-incidental with the seasonal time-frame of the local culture. Types could be labelled after any natural or cultural set, such as species, myths or months. Generic labels, such as social functions, avoid the false impression of diffusion from one particular medium or culture.


Introduction to Mindprint, the subconscious art code

In artefacts and artworks, where archaeo astronomers see ancient star maps, archaeologists see cultural traditions, and anthropologists see initiation secrets, appear a standard axial grid of archetypes, always in the same sequence. This posts introduces the five layers of features revealed by structuralist analysis of artworks,

How to identify archetypes and structure in art

Here is a shortcut method to identifying the five layers of subconscious archetypal structure in artworks or building sites: Identify a likely periphery of figures in a roughly elliptical arrangement; List the figures in their circular sequence, by any distinctive attribute, such as a posture, season, function, species, or device; Provisionally tag the list or the artwork, with likely type numbers, such as 10 Teacher  for a figure with arms up or a staff, 12 or 13 Heart for a felid, 1 or 2 Builder for a bovid or tower, 5 Priest for varicoloured, skin paint or a hyperactive posture; Tag figures notably ingressed or egressed towards or away from the centre, as 6 Exile or 14 Mixer; Tag a pregnant figure as 11 Womb; and an adjacent major figure as 12 or 13 Heart (usually with an exposed chest), and the adjacent figure on the other side as 10 Teacher; Complete the axial grid; Use the set of typology labels below.

Mindprint in De Cosimo’s Discovery of honey

Artworks express three planes of space and time. Perception and culture are spatially ‘projected’ on the ecliptic plane, leaving the celestial and galactic equators oblique. There are no degrees of difficulty in the miracles of nature and human nature. Our myth map reveals five layers of structure in artworks (demonstrated here in De Cosimo’s Discovery of honey) and in building sites.

Mindprint and decans in the Dendera zodiac

In the Dendera zoidac, the sixteen typology axes are subconsciously curved into a vortex, to link the eyes of northern, ecliptic and southern decans, to galactic or determinant characters in the border. Zodiacs usually do not express the archetypal sequence, nor the axial ocular (eye to eye) structure. This vortex indicates inspired structuralist detail, beyond the needs of astrology or astronomy. Here is another timeless record of our collective need for subconscious structuralist calibration, enabling the collective therapy of expressing who, what, where, when and how we fit into nature, and ultimately into archetype.

How mindprint, the subconscious art code, was discovered

Recurrent features in art, rock art, myth, divination emblems, alphabets, and some natural sets, enabled the initial ‘cracking’ of subconscious stock character types, their sequence, their spatial relationship, and their planar features on three cosmic planes. The mindprint and stoneprint model offers a lens through which to read the compulsive core content in cultural expressions, across the gulf of millennia and continents.